Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

An appeal for liberalism, or why van Gelder's notion of a dynamical system is too narrow for cognitive science


Michael Wheeler a1
a1 Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3UD, United Kingdom michael.wheeler@psy.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Van Gelder identifies the notion of a dynamical system with that of a quantitative system. According to an alternative view, a dynamical system is a state-determined system. This suggests a more profitable way to understand the roles of computation and dynamics in cognitive explanation.